Criteria to consider when selecting an appropriate journal to submit your manuscript to:
The term peer review is used interchangeably with refereed.
The quality of journal articles is controlled through the process of peer review. Peer reviewed journals are considered to have more academic integrity than journals or other publications that are not peer reviewed.
Peer review is the process by which a manuscript is evaluated by experts in the same field of research as the article. Peer reviewers recommend whether the manuscript falls within the scope and focus of the journal, provide feedback on how the article can be improved, and state whether they feel it should be accepted / rejected for publication in that journal.
Not all articles published in peer reviewed journals are refereed. Typical examples include book reviews, editorials and letters or short communications.
The lists of journals and publishers at the following links are created for various purposes but all have undergone some degree of quality control. Use these lists to help you investigate the quality of a journal or publisher.
In choosing where to publish your research as a journal article, be aware that your decision will determine whether the work will be counted for ERA as a Traditional Research Output (TRO).
In order for a journal article to be eligible for ERA (as a Traditional Research Output), it must:
Types of articles unlikely to meet the ERA eligibility criteria are:
It is important that you carefully read and follow a journal's Instructions to Authors.
Make sure you do not sign the publishing agreement until you are sure that you understand what you are agreeing to. Get advice if there are clauses that you do not understand or are concerned about. For more information, see the Publishing Agreements box in this LibGuide.
Examples of publisher Instructions to Authors *:
* Note: Instructions to Authors may vary for specific journals.
Publishing your research findings in a regional journal may help to reach your target audience.
Journals Online is an authoritative listing that you might like to consider. The Journals Online (JOL) project aims to improve the accessibility and visibility of developing-country research by providing a cost-effective and secure platform for journals. Journals are evaluated before they can be included in JOL so you can have greater confidence in journals on a JOL platform. Current journals are:
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